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The Third Panchen Lama

Tibetan
18th century


Object Place: Tibet

Dimensions

70.5 x 43 cm (27 3/4 x 16 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

19.62

Medium or Technique

Distemper and gold on cotton

Not On View

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Paintings

Painting in hanging scroll (thangka) format, but without original decorative borders.

The third Panchen Lama sits on an elaborate throne wearing intricately-detailed brocade robes. He is surrounded by figures, running clockwise from upper left: Yamantaka and Shakti in yab-yum, Amitabha Buddha, the seventh Dalai Lama, another Lama flanked by Vajropani and Manjusri, White Brahma, Lhamo, and Beg-tse. A long inscription appears at the base of the painting, in gold on a red margin.

Inscription

On obverse: in gold paint on a red background, in Tibetan, a long inscription identifying the subject. For a transcription of the inscription, which has not been translated, see xerox of inventory notes.

Provenance

1919, William Sturgis Bigelow, Boston, MA; 1919, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accesstion Date: May 6, 1919)

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection